Pete Buttigieg is the transportation secretary who never seems to be on the job.
This fall as rail workers were threatening to strike, Buttigieg was reportedly vacationing in Portugal.
You would think he would want to play a more in-person role during this difficult period.
Breitbart News reports:
Report: Pete Buttigieg on Vacation in Europe amid Potential Rail Workers Strike
President Joe Biden’s Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, was on a paid vacation in Porto, Portugal, in September amid tense rail labor negotiations that almost resulted in a strike, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Buttigieg left for his European vacation on August 29 and returned one week later on Labor Day, September 5. However, as the Free Beacon noted, Buttigieg’s trip occurred just one week before Amtrak “began canceling all long-distance trips in preparation of a potentially catastrophic rail strike.”
While Buttigieg was on vacation, he uploaded a video of himself to Twitter speaking from a U.S. airport on September 1, giving the appearance as if he were traveling within the United States. “If you’re traveling this weekend or anytime, know that our department has your back,” Buttigieg said in the video.
If rail workers went on strike, it would have cost the U.S. economy more than $2 billion per day, according to an Association of American Railroads report.
Biden’s White House and Buttigieg ultimately failed to secure multiple paid sick leave days for rail workers, which upset multiple rail worker unions.
The Department of Transportation defended Buttigieg’s trip amid the high-stakes negotiations, telling the Free Beacon that his week-long Labor Day vacation was a “long-planned personal trip.”
It must be nice to able to take such an expensive trip.
NEW: Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg went on vacation as rail unions were on the verge of a strike.
Buttigieg quietly jetted off to Portugal on Aug. 29, a week before Amtrak began preparing for a potentially catastrophic rail strike.
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) December 14, 2022
While the White House was bragging about the work being done by the Biden administration and cabinet secretaries on a (subsequently rejected) deal to avert a nationwide rail strike, Pete Buttigieg was yet again out of office… in Portugal. https://t.co/ERVNYYWWLb
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) December 15, 2022
And the liberal media will never hold him accountable.